How to watch The Great British Baking Show 2021 online

Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith (bottom, left to right) are judging Great British Baking Show 2021 with Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas as the presenters
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Ready, set, bake! It's time to watch The Great British Baking Show 2021 online. The big white tent is welcoming a dozen new home bakers from around the UK who will face a series of challenges asking them to create cakes, cookies, bread and other decadently delicious treats. 

Great British Baking Show start time, channel

The Great British Baking Show series 12 is streaming now on Netflix.
Episodes air first in the U.K.

Judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith return to taste the resulting baked goods and deliver their verdicts (and maybe even a handshake). Matt Lucas is back as a presenter, along with Noel Fielding, who missed the Christmas specials while on paternity leave.

The 12 contestants range in age from 19 to 70 and come from a range of backgrounds and professions, including a Metropolitan Police detective, an IT professional, a student and a retired nurse (see the full cast list below). Due to the ongoing pandemic, they filmed in a bubble, just like last year's cast.

Here's everything you need to know to watch Great British Baking Show 2021 online. Plus, watch a teaser for season 12:

How to watch Great British Baking Show 2021 from anywhere

Just because The Great British Baking Show 2021 isn't available on Netflix everywhere doesn't mean you need to miss out if you're away from home. Watching along with the rest of the internet can be pretty easy. With the right VPN (virtual private network), you can stream the show from wherever you go.

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1. Install the VPN of your choice. As we've said, ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) is our favorite.

2. Choose the location you wish to connect to in the VPN app. For instance if you're in the U.S. and want to view a U.K. service, you'd select U.K. from the list.

3. Sit back and enjoy the action. Head to your website or streaming service of choice and tune in.

How to watch The Great British Baking Show 2021 online in the US

In the U.S., The Great British Baking Show is streaming now on Netflix (opens in new tab). The first episode of season 12 premiered on Friday, Sept. 24 at 3 a.m. ET.

Episodes air first in the U.K. on the prior Tuesday.

Americans who are abroad in a country with Netflix geo-restrictions can still get all the baking action using ExpressVPN (opens in new tab).

How to watch The Great British Bake Off 2021 in the UK

The Great British Bake Off 2021, or GBBO series 12, premieres Tuesday, September 20 at 8 p.m. BST on Channel 4 (opens in new tab) and its related All4 streaming service.

To watch Channel 4 on demand, all you need to do is sign up a free account. The All4 app is available on Android, iOS, Roku, Chromecast, Fire TV, PS4, Xbox One, Now TV, Sky and Virgin Media.

Brits who are traveling abroad can still access Channel 4 with the help of ExpressVPN (opens in new tab).

How to watch The Great British Bake Off 2021 in Canada

Good news and bad news for Canadians. The good news is that GBBO, which is also called The Great British Baking Show in Canada, is on CBC and the CBC Gem (opens in new tab) streaming service. 

The bad news is that new seasons usually don't become available until months after the U.K./U.S. broadcasts. For instance, series 11 just debuted in August, nearly a year after it aired. Thus far, CBC hasn't set a GBBO series 12 release date.

The Great British Baking Show 2021 cast: Meet the bakers

  • Amanda Geo, 56, Metropolitan Police detective, London
  • Chigs Parmar, 40, Sales manager, Leicestershire
  • Crystelle Pereira, 26, Client relationship manager, London
  • Freya Cox, 19, Student, North Yorkshire
  • George Aristidou, 34, Shared lives coordinator, London
  • Giuseppe Dell'Anno, 45, Chief engineer, Bristol
  • Jairzeno, 51, Head of Finance, London
  • Jürgen, 56, IT professional, Sussex
  • Lizzie Acker, 28, Car production operative, Liverpool
  • Maggie, 70, Retired nurse & midwife, Dorset
  • Rochica, 27, Junior HR business partner, Birmingham
  • Tom, 28, Software developer, Kent

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Kelly Woo
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Kelly is a senior writer covering streaming media for Tom’s Guide, so basically, she watches TV for a living. Previously, she was a freelance entertainment writer for Yahoo, Vulture, TV Guide and other outlets. When she’s not watching TV and movies for work, she’s watching them for fun, seeing live music, writing songs, knitting and gardening.